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Archive for the ‘National Library of Medicine News’ Category Announces Website Redesign

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

On National HIV Testing Day (June 27), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that, the gateway to all federal HIV /AIDS information and resources, has been relaunched and redesigned using responsive design.

Responsive web design is a next-generation web development method of designing content so that it works well on both a laptop screen and a smartphone, automatically adjusting its size to fit the screen. is among the first full-scale federal websites launched using responsive design.

More information including the full press release: [HHS Press Release, June 27, 2012]

NLM Native Voices iPad App

Monday, June 25th, 2012

To give users a virtual experience of its new exhibition, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illnes ( ) NLM has created Native Voices iPad app. The app presents video interviews with tribal elders, healers and other prominent people who practice traditional medicine, Western medicine or a combination of both. From their unique experiences and perspectives, they weave a tapestry of stories of the vibrant and diverse cultures and medicine ways of Alaska Natives, Native Americans and Native Hawaiians. The Native Voices app works on all iPads with iOS4.2 and higher. To download the free app, go to the Apple iTunes store ( and type in “NLM Native Voices.”



NIHSeniorHealth new topic: Prescription and Illicit Drug Abuse

Friday, June 8th, 2012

According to the National Institutes of Health, the use of illicit drugs, including the nonmedical use of prescription drugs, is rising among older adults.  NIHSeniorHealth has a new topic page on Prescription and Illicit Drug Abuse:

Spring 2012 Issue of MedlinePlus the Magazine

Monday, June 4th, 2012

The most recent issue of NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine (Spring 2012) features U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin. NIH MedlinePlus is produced by NIH, the National Library of Medicine, and the Friends of the National Library of Medicine.

To sign up for a free print subscription or to read the issue online:

Mobile health from the National Library of Medicine

Friday, May 11th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine is now offering mobile versions of many of its most popular websites.  Some are mobile websites, available through a web browser, and some are downloadable apps. See a gallery of mobile apps and sites here:

A sampling of NLM mobile products:

MedlinePlus: Authoritative consumer health information from in a mobile-optimized Web site that includes summaries for over 800 diseases, conditions and wellness topics as well as the latest health news, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, and information on prescription and over-the-counter medications. Available via the Web browser of any mobile device.

AIDSInfo: The latest federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines, HIV treatment and prevention clinical trials, and other research information.

LactMed: Find information about maternal and infant drug levels, possible effects on lactation and on breastfed infants, and alternative drugs to consider.

WISER: Stand-alone application (or downloadable application) to assist emergency responders in hazardous materials incidents.

Drug Information Portal: A mobile interface to information for over 31,000 drugs. Names, usage, and structures are displayed, as well as search links to key NLM and government sites, using their mobile version when available.

Want even more no-cost, reliable health apps? Browse’s Gallery of Mobile Applications:

BHIC changes and update

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

This blog will have some new contributors!

Kate Flewelling is our newest addition and will be posting tomorrow!  She is the Outreach Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

We will slowly be adding new contributors in the coming weeks.  They will take turns posting on Fridays – so keep your eyes peeled for new authors and look forward to getting content 4 days a week!


Also, the blog will take a week off as all of the contributors will be attended a conference.

There will be no new posts from May 16 to May 23.  on May 24 posting will resume as normal.

TEDMED 2012 – update

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

A few National Library of Medicine products have been mentioned in TEDMED talks and thought it would be a good time to highlight these resources

During a talk given by John Qualter titled “Can you bring a 3-D cadaver back to life on the web?” MedlinePlus was mentioned.  MedlinePlus is a consumer health website that brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.  It has health topics in multiple languages.


During a talk given by Lisa Nilsson titled “Are you ready for a new slice of reality?” Lisa mentioned The Visible Human Project.  It is the creation of complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of the normal male and female human bodies.  A male and a female cadaver were cut into thin slices which were then photographed and digitized.

Check it out at


Check to see if your institution (or one near you) is hosting a TEDMED Live event.  You can watch TEDMED talks live.

Once the TEDMED 2012 conference has ended, TEDMED talks will be available for free at their website.

Understanding Medical Words Tutorial from MedlinePlus

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

The MedlinePlus team recently announced the availability of a downloadable version of “Understanding Medical Words: A Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine.” The tutorial is for demonstration purposes and can be downloaded and viewed when no Internet connection is available. Certain features will not work as they do on a computer with an Internet connection. For details, please see: 

To access the tutorial: .


New Look for NIHSeniorHealth

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

NIHSeniorHealth, the premier government website for older adults, has a fresh look and enhanced features.

The redesigned site includes longer pages, more menu choices, and a search feature — all presented in an inviting, colorful, and still easy-to-use format. The updated look reflects input from visitors to the website as well as testing with older adults.

Visit the site:

NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities (Go8)

Monday, March 19th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) solicits resource grant applications for projects that will bring useful, usable health information to health disparity populations and the health care providers who care for those populations. Proposed projects should exploit the capabilities of computer and information technology and health sciences libraries to bring health-related information to consumers and their health care providers. Preference will be given to applications that show strong involvement of health science libraries.

Because this FOA focuses on providing health information to health disparity populations, institutions with demonstrated commitment to the needs of health disparity communities (including Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) and other institutions in rural and socially disadvantaged areas) are encouraged to apply.

Letter of Intent Due: April 22, 2012

Application Due Date: May 22, 2012 by 5:00 p.m. local time of applicant or organization